Friday 15th October
I cant quite believe that we have already reached the end of our first term together in class 3. It really has flown by. Everyone has worked so hard for me this term and well and truly deserves a relaxing break over half term. nbjb
We have had the best end to our topic with our Stone Age day at Knole. I was very proud of all the children who were beautifully behaved and showed so much engagement with all the activities that Knole arranged. We spent the morning being history detectives and archaeologists, working with Stone Age replicas. This included modelling animal furs, cave painting, digging for artefacts and examining tools. Lots of fun and a perfect way to consolidate this term’s learning. We enjoyed our picnic lunch in front of Knole House in the October sunshine before a busy afternoon of activities. These included weaving, making clay pots and a fabulous team building exercise as the children had to build a den with quite a few criteria including; making it waterproof and allowing 15 children to sit inside! Mission accomplished as the teams worked incredibly hard.
In other news, this week, the children have written their first narrative since being in class 3. This involved a lot of build-up work on how to use paragraphs, adverbs and adjectives. We have also worked really hard on using new and sophisticated vocabulary. The finished stories are spectacular and the children are really proud of their work. I hope that have all received my email with the Oxford Reading Owl suggestion for half term along with the passwords. I hope your child will enjoy my suggestions.
In maths we continue to work on addition. We can all use column addition successfully when adding 3 digit numbers.
I hope you all have a restful half term break and I look forward to seeing all the children on 1st November…in their PE kits!
Many thanks for all your support this term.
Time seems to be flying in Class 3 and I can’t believe we have one last week left of term 1. We are very much looking forward to our trip to Knole House in Sevenoaks on Thursday 14th October. I hope that everyone received my letter with all the details. If not, please do let me know.
This week in maths, the children have been counting in steps of 4 and 8 from any 3 digit number. This supports solving number sequences which has been quite a challenge in class, especially when the sequence goes backwards. For example, 204, 200, ? 192, ? We will continue to work on this as part of our morning starters. We have now finished place value and have moved on to addition and subtraction today. The children know that addition can be done in any order ie: 130 + 20 = 150 and 20 + 130= 150 and that they should always add with the biggest number first.
In literacy, the children have produced some excellent fact files on a prehistoric animal from the Stone Age. They had to research the animal and take notes. Organisation of notes was key and they used this information to help lay out their final copy, using subtitles and bullet points. We have found out about so many animals – I was also learning with the children. Handwriting is a big focus for the class. When writing at home, please encourage your child to join their letters and to form using a consistent size. We have also started to learn about all the features that make a successful narrative with a plan to write our first creative story next week.
Homophone pairs: here, hear, heal, heel, knot, not, main, mane
New spellings for next term will be announced in term 2.
Have a lovely weekend
Friday 1st October, 2021
The end of another busy week in Class 3.
In Literacy, we have really been getting into our class book Stig of the Dump. The children are really enjoying the story and composed some excellent drama scenes earlier in the week. In GPS, we have been learning about using the article a / an and how to use these correctly. We have also developed our knowledge of noun type. Finally, we have been looking at instruction writing, while learning about the importance of fire in the Stone Age. Watch out! Your children know how to make fire!
In numeracy we are making great progress with place value. This week, the children have been counting in groups of 50 – we now know our 50 times table in class 3! I asked the children to count in 50s up to 1000 but then they just kept going. A little confusion when they got to 1050, 1100 and why it wasn’t 1050, 2000 but once we ironed this out, we were on the way to 6000! We have also been looking at adding 10 and 100 to any number and what this actually does to a number ie: which column will change.
Cave painting and tool crafting have been the focus of our topic this week. Lots of imaginative creations while having fun and learning at the same time.
Spellings for next Wednesday are: earth, early, learn, heard, earn challenge words: pearl, rehearse
The following week the spelling focus will be homophone pairs: here, hear, heal, heel, knot, not, main, mane
Have a lovely weekend.
Friday 24th September
I can’t quite believe we have only been together in Class 3 for 3 weeks. The children have adapted so quickly and are working very hard, it feels as if we have been together for months.
It has been assessment week in school this week and I am really pleased with the effort and hard work the children have put in. The assessments really do help to inform my planning so are very useful.
We have 30 budding historians in Class 3 and this week Stone Age settlements have been our focal point, with a particular focus on Stonehenge. I am really sorry if your children now ask for a divert to the A303 this weekend! The children have been so interested in doing their own research and they have published fabulous posters about Stonehenge. I wonder if they may share a fact or two with you this weekend. Of course, no study of Stonehenge is complete without a salt dough miniature version… look out for the photos on Instagram! There was much excitement when I told the children that Knole Park is a Neolithic site and I look forward to taking the children to the National Trust property in October for a ‘Stone Age day at Knole.’ More info to follow.
The daily spelling practise and support that you are giving at home is clearly having an impact, so thank you very much.
Next Wednesday the children will be tested on: straight, contain, brain, stain, praise Challenge words: complaint, afraid
The following week, we will be looking at: earth, early, learn, heard, search Challenge words: rehearse, pearl
Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday.
17th September, 2021
It was lovely to ‘see’ so many of you in our curriculum meeting yesterday – thank you for joining. I hope you have all received the powerpoint via email but if not, it is attached below.
Another super week in Class 3. I can’t believe we have only been together for 2 weeks! Roald Dahl day (morning) was a huge success and the children really enjoyed the drama workshop about Fantastic Mr Fox. They retold the story through drama and freeze frames, which was super to see. Today they have created a follow up comic strip and they are superb.
The children have finished their final copies of their diary entries for our narrative piece of literacy this week. They are stunning and on display in the classroom. In GPS, we continue to work on the past tense – really not easy with so many irregular verbs. If you hear your child say a verb in the past tense incorrectly, I would be very grateful if you could correct them eg: I runned, I eated. We have also been working on some interesting non narrative / non fiction texts about the Stone Age. These have really helped us understand how life changed and developed through the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic ages.
Spellings this week which will be tested on Wednesday 22nd September: they, obey, grey, prey, survey challenge words: convey, disobey
Spellings for test on Wednesday 29th September: straight, contain, brain, stain, praise, challenge words: complaint, afraid
In maths, we continue with place value, working to secure 3 digit numbers, especially when 0 acts as a place holder in the tens column eg: 507
This term in PE the children are doing football on the sports field. As the weather turns cooler, please send in their PE jumper / jacket as it will be very useful.
Next week, the children will be doing some assessments in class to help me inform my planning. Nothing to worry about, but they may be tired by the end of the week - apologies in advance!
Have a lovely weekend
Friday 10th September
We have had a buzzing and busy week in Class 3 and the children have all been working really hard.
In Literacy, we have really started to get into our class book ‘Stig of the Dump’. Through our reading, we have been looking at proper nouns and common nouns. The children have written some excellent diary entries from the point of view of Barney. They have written about his first encounter with Stig, using first person and the past tense. I am looking forward to reading these over the weekend, so the children can write them up in neat on Monday. We have already prepared ‘tea stained’ old paper for our final copy!
In maths, we have started Singapore Maths and have been working on place value. In class 3 we are working with 3 digit numbers and understanding the value of each digit and the importance of 0 as a place holder.
We have become inquisitive historians this week with our topic ‘Through the Ages’. On Monday, I asked the children ‘How old is the world?’ which sparked some very interesting responses. We have been learning about BC and AD and found out that the world is 4.6 billion years old. We are now working on the Stone Age and finding out about life during this time. Fascinating!
I hope you all have a very restful weekend. Happy birthday to QH and PG. Look forward to seeing the children on Monday in their PE kits!
Friday 3rd September
Welcome to Class 3 and Key Stage 2!
A very warm welcome to Class 3. It has been an absolute pleasure to welcome the children back to school over the last two days. Although it has been a very short week, the children have settled very well and have been an absolute pleasure to have in class. The new lunches are going down well, especially fish and chips today!
We have started our new book Stig of the Dump by Clive King. If anyone has a copy at home, please do send it in with your child so they can follow along. No problem if not. I try to put the text on the board so they can read and hear the words at the same time. Today, the children thought about Barney’s adventure and wrote about an adventure they would like to go on. I am looking forward to reading these over the weekend.
RE and French on a Friday afternoon and today we visited the story of The Good Samaritan, which is our school Bible story. The children then produced some fabulous artwork to go on display to show the meaning of the story to them.
We are working hard to update reading books. Hopefully, your child will have brought a new book home in their bag. I do hope to listen to every child read myself at least once a week. Please do sign the reading diary each time your child reads at home. If you can put an H too that would be very helpful. Starting from today, 5 x H before next Friday will allow an entry into the reading raffle. Today, we have spoken about our class aim which is to love reading - fingers crossed!
I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend and I look forward to seeing the children on Monday morning, in their PE kits.
Friday 9th July
We have made it to Friday and ending with a bang - sports day!
It's been a busy and tiring week in class and I imagine Monday morning may feel the same. It is fabulous that so many children are feeling passionate about football coming home.
This week, we are beavering away in maths and have been learning all about angles - not angels! In literacy, we have completed a lot of work on pronouns and contractions. We tried to have a whole day without using contractions in our spoken language but Mrs G failed miserably.
The children have been working really hard on their dance for the productions - you are going to be impressed. They organised themselves into groups and have choreographed their whole song themselves. I am so proud of what they have achieved in such a short amount of time.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend and let's see if football is coming home. If not, I wont be in class on Monday as I already know the children will be disappointed so everyone must keep everything crossed!
Friday 2nd July
Well this message brings us to the end of what has been a smashing week in Year 3. Mrs G has been able to put her feet up while the children have stood at the front of the class! I am so very proud of each and every child in my class. Thanks to them, we have all learnt so much amount a vast variety of buildings from all over the world and nearly every continent. The presentation skills have been wonderful to watch and it has been lovely to hear voices that I don’t always get to hear for an extended amount of time. A big thank you for all your support with the presentations, I’m just sorry you couldn’t hear them for yourselves.
In maths we are revisiting times tables daily as well as bus stop division and column methods.
We have also been looking at road safety and the Highway Code. I hope that the children are all in good stead to pass their driving test!
There are no more formal spelling tests in Year 3. We are spending the next 2 weeks consolidating all our learning this year.
Next week, we look forward to sports day on Tuesday – no forest school.
Have a lovely weekend – let’s hope the sun shines.
Lots of music and fun in Class 3 this week. On Monday, the children became drumming experts in their drumming workshop and they were all able to create an ‘urban’ vibe with lots of fantastic beats. We have also been discovering more about our roles as the woodland creatures in ‘A Midsummers Night’s Dream’ and have enjoyed practising our two songs.
In maths we have continued to work on fractions, linking our work to times tables and the inverse, division. Please continue to practise times tables at home, as it really makes a huge difference to mental maths and confidence in the classroom. A few times table questions are ideal in the car on the way to school!
I am over the moon by the finished and published leaflets that the children have produced about Chiddingstone. They look fantastic and they have worked so hard on them. I am hoping to display them in St Mary’s Church for all to enjoy. This week, we have also been exploring poetry with personification. The children have written some phenomenal poems about London and they have really thought about bringing the city to life. Lines included ‘The London Eye chasing its tail’ and ‘The Shard bullying the clouds’…. Their ideas really were exceptional – a very proud teacher moment.
In our topic this week, we have been exploring well know statues – slightly controversial I know! The children then designed their own statue to represent Chiddingstone out of clay. As a science experiment, we looked at UV light and the need to protect ourselves by wearing sun cream, sunglasses and protective clothing. We had lots of fun with UV beads, which change colour as soon as they pick up UV light – even on a cloudy day. I sent the children home with the beads so they could explore further.
Next week, school photos take place on Monday (full school uniform required and jumpers / cardigans) and sports on Tuesday afternoon so there is no forest school. A reminder that children will need their house t-shirt for Tuesday.
I am really looking forward to hearing from the children this week as they present their building of choice. We will try to hear 5/6 each day so I’m sorry but some children will have to wait until Friday!
Have a lovely weekend,
Friday 18th June
A huge well done to all the children for not only surviving the hottest week of the year but also assessment week! I am immensely proud of everyone for trying their very best all week and this allowed us to have a 'Fun Friday' today. We were lucky to take advantage of the air con in the Year 6 classroom as they have been away in the Isle of Wight.
Today we started to explore street art with a focus on graffiti. We had a good class discussion to decide if graffiti is art or vandalism. The children then designed their own 'tag' and these are now up on display in the classroom looking vibrant. We also used our graffiti skills to create a stencil for Father's Day cards which we hope all the dads will enjoy! I hope you will enjoy the photos of some of our hard work below.
In other news, the class had a busy session with Mrs Haysom on Tuesday where they started learning about 'A Midsummer's Nights Dream' which will be the school summer production this year. Class 3 will be dressing up as forest creatures singing their own version of 'An English Country Garden'. More to come!
On Thursday the children visited their new classroom for Year 4 and had an afternoon with Mrs Wetz. There will be a few more transition sessions this term with Ms Wright and Mrs Wetz to help the children with their move into Year 4 in September.
Next week, we look forward to a drumming workshop on Monday and the return of forest school on Tuesday.
Have a lovely weekend
Friday 11th June
Welcome to Term 6!
Welcome back to Term 6, our very last term of Year 3
It has been lovely to see all the children but I must admit, we have been working so hard that half term now feels like weeks ago!
We have started our new topic, Urban Pioneers, by exploring the history of Chiddingstone. The children have started creating the most wonderful information text about the village, which I look forward to sharing with you once they are finished. We have found out so many anecdotes about the village – ask your children about the history of the Tulip tree shop! I am hoping to organise a trip for our topic this term ….watch this space! For now, on Monday 21st June we have organised a drumming workshop – perfect for urban pioneers!
In maths, we have started ….FRACTIONS!! The children have been super. Their prior knowledge was a little limited but they now know that fractions can be more than just halves and quarters! They have learnt how to add and subtract fractions, investigated equivalent fractions and today they compared different fractions to work out which is the biggest. Equivalent fractions is still challenging for many so we will continue to work on this.
On Monday spellings will be: London, town, village, statue, local, city, cities
Next Monday the new spellings will be: unwell, unfit, undo, unfair, unfold, unable, uncertain,
Please note, next Tuesday there is NO FOREST school as Mrs Woodhouse is away with year 6 in the Isle of Wight. Children will still need to come in their PE kit. I am happy for them to stay in the PE kit for the day or bring a change of uniform – whichever is cooler!
Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine.
Friday 21st May
Today brings us to the end of a super term in Class 3. I couldn't be any more proud of how the children have worked in class and they all deserve a relaxing break...with some sunshine!
This week, we have been busy writing newspaper articles in Literacy and learning about volume and capacity in Maths. In our topic, we have been busy scientists by exploring coins and metals. Did you know that some coins are magnetic while others aren't? See if your child can explain why. Our classroom had a slight aroma on Thursday morning, following an experiment to see if we could make a dull penny shine using vinegar, ketchup, cola and lemon juice. Lots of fun and good discussions too. The wind chimes looked beautiful and very urban hanging on the tree outside our classroom. Sadly, we had to take them down due to the strong winds and I apologise that they came home slightly tangled. This lesson really was a test of patience!
I am sending home a times table grid for the holidays. The children have completed this same grid in class this week and are becoming familiar with how to work it both horizontally and vertically. I've told them to complete their favourite times table first.
I hope you all have a fantastic two week break and look forward to seeing all the children when we return in June.
Friday 14th May
The end of another busy week and I must admit, the children all seemed exhausted today along with their teacher!
In maths, we have continued to learn about converting meters and kilometers. You will see this links to the homework set this weekend as the more practise the better. Conversion is generally an area that children find challenging. I am hoping they will all remember that 1000m = 1km! As always, please do write a note next to the homework if there are any issues at all.
We have finished typing our autobiographies which are now up on display - definitely one to read out on their 21st birthday! I was very pleased to see a real development in sentence structure and many of the children managed to show their sense of humour in their writing too. We moved from autobiographies to a letter of apology later in the week! We wrote a letter to the Iron Man from Hogarth apologising for setting up a trap. We really are enjoying our class story and the figurative language has created many interesting discussions. Today, we learnt about personification for example. We then enjoyed a brisk walk for our Active 30 trying to personify trees galore!
This week in topic we have explored gravity and air resistance and had good fun making our own parachutes.
I hope that you all have a lovely weekend. No new spellings as it will soon be half term.
It really has been a pleasure to see you all during consultations over the last couple of weeks. Thank you for making the time to talk to me.
The slightly shorter week this week has meant that we have worked even harder in class! In maths, we are now working on units of measure. This week the focus has been length and the children have been investigating and converting mm, cm, m and km. Next week we will move on to measuring mass.
In literacy, we are really starting to enjoy our class book The Iron Man. In our lessons, we have been learning about direct speech and how to use inverted commas and punctuation appropriately. I have set a piece of follow up work in the red homework books for the weekend. If you ask your child to remember our ‘human punctuation line up’ which included Henry as open speech mark, Alys as capital letter, Annabel as closing punctuation and finally Sam as the closing speech mark, this should prompt their memory that there are 4 pieces of punctuation to remember when writing direct speech accurately. The children acted out and wrote their own conversation, using inverted commas, based on a chapter of The Iron Man, which was great fun.
This week in our topic lessons, we have been exploring different forces, designing playground equipment and making parachutes to investigate air resistance.
A reminder that spellings on Monday will be the high frequency words: through, every, which, what, something, many, friend
Next week Monday they will be tested on: who, which, why, looked, because, saw, so, if, about
Have a lovely weekend.
Friday 30th April
It was a pleasure to chat with so many of you this week during parent consultations and I look forward to talking with more of you next week.
We had had a busy week in class. In literacy, the children have been writing their autobiographies. I am really looking forward to reading them over the weekend and then the children will write their final copies. They had to write in 1st person and include parenthesis / subordinate clause (what big words - see if your child can explain what this is!). Our class focus this term is spelling and this week we have been working on high frequency words which seem to be a bit of a gap for the whole class. Next Tuesday, the class will be tested on the re / bi prefix words (see last week's web page) but the following week, they will be tested on:
through, every, which, what, something, many, friend
In maths, the children have enjoyed the unit on data collection this week. They have been drawing and reading tallies and interpreting bar graphs at the same time. We are still working daily on arithmetic and times tables - this weekend I have set arithmetic homework. If any questions are too difficult, please leave them.
Our topic is going well and this week we have been exploring materials and their properties with a real focus on metal. The children were fascinated to find out where metal comes from - see if they can tell you!
Have a lovely bank holiday weekend.
Friday 23rd April - Term 5
It has been lovely to welcome the children back to class following the Easter break and we have some smashing haircuts in the class!
This week in maths we have re-visited telling the time. We have been looking at how many seconds are in 1 minute, 3 minutes, 8 minutes etc and that 80 seconds is the same as 1minute 20 seconds. We have also been working on solving problems eg: ‘I leave home at 2pm. The journey takes 3 hours. What time do I arrive at the beach?’ or ‘I arrive at school at 8am. I left home 30 minutes earlier. What time did I leave home?’ We have also been revising how many days there are in each month. Ask your child to show you 'knuckle trick' to see if that helps them remember! I have explained to the children that they now need to practise telling the time as much as possible at it is impossible to learn in one week in school. We will continue to work on it every now and then during our early bird activities but I would be very grateful if you could help your child with telling the time at home.
In literacy this week, we have started our new class book The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. The opening chapters lend themselves to studying similes, which we had great fun doing in the earlier part of the week. I have to admit, I found it quite hard to explain why we use the simile ‘As cool as a cucumber!’ We are now working on biographies and autobiographies. Today, the children finished their biography about Ted Hughes and typed up their final copy using the laptops. Next week they will be writing their own autobiographies. (Please see red homework books for more info)
We return to spelling tests on Mondays. I have increased the spelling list from 5 a day to 10 a day as this really is a class focus for the summer. This week we have been working on the prefix ‘mis’ and the children have 10 spellings for Monday 26th April which are:
misspell, misheard, misprint, misread, misuse, misplace, mistreat, mislead, misbehave and mistrust
On Tuesday 4th May (Bank holiday on the Monday) the children will be tested on the prefix ‘bi’ and ‘re’ Spelling words will be:
We have made an exciting start to our topic mighty metals. This week, the children have started to look at a range of materials and their properties in order to design a new piece of playground equipment.
Our virtual trip to Tokyo continues this term and we are currently on route to Sydney. Our daily Active 30 exercise helps to contribute to our target. Thanks to all that have added exercise from home. We love checking out the distance on a regular basis!
I hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Term 5 - Welcome back!
I am really looking forward to welcoming all the children back to class this week. I hope you have all had an enjoyable and restful break.
Another exciting topic ahead - Mighty Metals and the class book will be The Iron Man.
I will write again on Friday with an update from our week.
Forest School Rota Term 6
Friday 26th March
Two words that describe the week in Class 3; determination and exhaustion! This week, the children have completed a number of assessments and I couldn't have asked anything more of them. As I have explained to the children, it is so useful for me to gauge an idea of learning and understanding in order to help me to plan appropriately for the last two terms of the year. They have all worked so hard and deserve a big rest this weekend.
However...don't forget Easter bonnets (or boots) for next Wednesday, the last day of term! The weather is set to shine, our singing voices are well rehearsed and I am really looking forward to seeing all the creations. Of course, it's two years since we had our last Easter bonnet festival which makes it even more exciting.
On Monday, I am planning some fun Greek themed activities to thank the children for all their hard work this term. This will include food sampling which I hope they will enjoy.
Red homework books this weekend include a few 'bus stop division' questions which we have started to use in class. Using our timetables is a really helpful way to solve these questions.
A reminder that spellings for Monday are: library, February, dictionary, ordinary, necessary
Have a lovely weekend
Friday 19th March
Well, it has certainly been a busy week in Class 3 and everyone has worked so hard. Today has been a back to front day but nothing deters from learning! We have had fun creating our own red nose ping pong balls and racing with them for a great cause. Of course, we have added our ping pong race to our virtual journey to Tokyo which has created lots of excitement and encouraged additional exercise during playtimes too! We now have the Olympic rings in our classroom to remind us of our challenge.
In Maths, we have tackled two major areas which have involved some serious brain work. The children have been learning the formal written method for multiplication and division - column multiplication and bus stop division. This really has involved a lot of hard work from everyone and I am so pleased with the way that all the children have worked.
In Literacy, we have read studied 'Theseus and the Minotaur' and 'The Trojan Horse.' The children have sequenced story boards and written a diary entry to support each Greek myth and we have had some great discussions in class. Some of the questions that the children ask are quite extraordinary. In GPS we have continued to look at the past tense but have focused on irregular verbs. This has stirred a lot of interest in the English language. I am thrilled to see so many book worms in class 3 at the moment. Everyone seems to be enjoying reading and I try to make time in the week for some quiet reading time in class which is an absolute pleasure.
In Art & DT the children finished painting their beautiful Greek vases and have also made minotaur heads using papier mache.
Thank you very much for your support with the red homework books which return home today. It was so pleasing to see the work that the children did at home and I am very grateful for this. Next week, school will be running assessments throughout every year group to help us with our recovery curriculum following school closure. Please ensure your child has a good breakfast each morning and brings a snack into school as this will help them throughout the week.
A reminder that spellings for Monday's test are: curious, anxious, furious, enormous, fabulous
Next week, spellings will be: library, February, dictionary, ordinary, necessary (tested on Monday 29th March)
Have a great weekend
Friday 12th March
It has been an absolute delight to welcome the children back to Class 3 this week. We have had an action packed week and it feels like we have never been away!
In Maths we have been working hard using multiplication and the inverse, division. Children can now really see the link between the two and have been working on creating number families with 3 numbers eg: 8 x 3 = 24, 3 x 8 = 24, 24/3 = 8 and 24/8 = 3. Children now have a good understanding of why 8x3 is the same as 3x8 and can create an array to show this. We have also been solving word problems and completing bar models using multiplication and division. Thank you for all your support with learning times tables. I can really see the difference this has made.
In Literacy, we read the Greek myth Pandora's box which the children then retold in their own words. I was so impressed with the writing - pages and pages of excellent literacy. This writing task highlighted the need to work on writing verbs in the past tense. Hopefully the children now know the rules for regular verbs. Next week, we will work on irregular verbs.
In topic work, as well as studying Greek myths, the children have made their own version of Pandora's Box, an Olympic torch and a clay pot. We have started learning about the history Olympic games, comparing the ancient Olympics to the modern day games. This led us to studying the Olympic torch route and we are now taking part in our own route throughout the week.
You will see that a new red homework book will be coming home with your child today. I would be so grateful if you could support your child with their homework tasks in order to make sure they are returned to me by Tuesday. Homework should never take longer than 30 mins. Please do stop after this amount of time. All homework will link to learning in class. There is more information in the front of the book and if anyone has any questions, please let me know.
The reading raffle will begin again next week. On Friday 19th, I will have a look at diaries. Anyone who has read at home 5 times from Friday 12th (today) will be entered into the raffle. Spellings will also begin again next week and we will practise them in class each day. Spellings will be given out on a Monday and tested the following Monday. On Monday, I will give the following spellings to children and these will be tested on Monday 22nd.
Spellings to be tested on 22nd March: curious, anxious, furious, enormous, fabulous
I hope you all have a lovely weekend. I know that the children are looking forward to being at home as they are all quite tired after a full week in school.
Many thanks for all your support.
I Friday 10th December
We are now into the full festive swing and Class 3 is filled with decorations, a post box overflowing with Christmas cards, a ceiling filled with 3D snowflakes and the children’s beautiful voices rehearsing for our nativity next week. We also enjoyed a fabulous Christmas lunch on Thursday- enjoy the video and photos below. At the same time, we have still been very busy bees, working away each day.
In maths, the children have continued to work on division as the inverse of multiplication. The focus has been the 3s, 4s and 8 times tables. Children can now recognise that if 3 x 4 = 12 then there is one further multiplication sentence and two division sums that complete this family 4 x 3 = 12, 12/ 4 = 3 and 12 / 3 = 4. I have reiterated the importance of learning times tables as often as possible so I am hoping the children will be keen to do this at home.
In our topic this week, we have been looking at carnivorous and parasitic plants, as well as how ‘normal’ plants gain their energy from nutrients in the ground and from the sun. We currently have 30 sticks of celery sat in red food dye to show how pants absorb liquid through xylem tissue.
A reminder that on Monday we have a drama workshop based on The Christmas Carol. Our workshop starts at 9am so if children could be prompt to school I would be very grateful. Our nativity takes place on Wednesday and our class Christmas party on Thursday. All children are welcome to wear full party gear on Thursday - no school uniform required!
Have a super weekend
Friday 4th December
A busy and exciting week in class 3 now that 1st December has arrived! We have been decorating our classroom to make it look as festive as possible. Ms Linton has very kindly given the class an Advent Calendar that we enjoy opening each day. The children have also made their own calendars with a picture of Santa’s beard, which they add cotton wool to each morning when they come in. We continue to sing our nativity songs, which is always a splendid activity at this time of the year.
In maths, we have moved on to multiplication. This week we have been looking at ways to improve our times table speed. It would be wonderful if you support this at home, especially the 3s, 4s and 8s. We are now beginning to look at division as the inverse of multiplication and this will be the focus until the end of this term. Do have a look at the following times tables websites, which are both very good.
I would also recommend Mrs J’s times table card game, available to buy on Amazon. Emma Jonas is a retired local head teacher who created this game and I think it works wonders. You can buy the card game or there is an app. There is also a video on You Tube explaining how it works.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mrs-JS-Brilliant/dp/0953762866 (a perfect stocking filler!)
In topic and Literacy, we have been studying aquatic predators. The children have also been researching their favourite predator and have been writing an information text in the form of a leaflet using headings, subheadings and bullet points. Next week we will be researching carnivorous plants. We are also going to join a live virtual trip to Chester Zoo for a science special all about predators.
I would like to take this opportunity to invite you all to a ‘virtual’ presentation by Class 3. We would usually invite you in to the classroom at the end of term to look at the children’s work and hear about what we have been up to. As we are unable to invite any parents into school, I thought we could try and run this via Zoom instead. This will take place on Friday 11th December at 11:30am. I will send out Zoom details via parent mail and would be grateful if you could let me know if you would like to join so we can make sure we allow you in to the meeting.
Thank you to those of you who have kindly sent in tins for our baking activity. The small baked bean tins look to be the best so if anyone has any I would be very grateful if you could send them in. We will be baking on Monday 14th after The Christmas Carol drama workshop.
Spellings for Monday are: myth, Egypt, pyramid, gym, mystery.
There will not be a spelling test in the last week of term.
Thank you as always for all your support and encouragement.
Have a lovely weekend
Friday 27th November
We have had a fun and busy week in class 3 finishing off with a full DT morning and a craft afternoon today! This week as part of our topic we have been investigating fossils so today we had a go at making our own. Have a look at Chidd chat in Instagram for photo evidence. We had lots of fun and the children have produced some very life like fossils.
In Literacy, the children have been studying Haiku poetry which originates from Japan. These are 3 line poems which have 5 syllables on the first line, seven on the second and 5 on the third. Although some can be a little dry to read, we had a great time exploring syllables and creating our own Haikus about animals. This lesson really forced the children to search for an alternative word or a synonymy in order to ensure they had the correct beats per line. These are now on display on our Japanese blossom tree. We have also been writing instructions and learning about homophones which are our spellings this week.
In Maths, I really feel that we have now accomplished column subtraction. We have worked through so many variations. An example of the hardest is 600 - 273 which involves regrouping from the hundreds column, taking it over to the tens column, regrouping from the tens column and taking it to the ones column! Yes we are masters! ( I actually used the phrase “swapping from next door but one” to try and contextualise this difficult concept.). Any practise you can continue to do on column subtraction and addition would be very welcome as we will be moving on to multiplication and division.
On our last day of term, Thursday 18th December, I would like to invite the class to come to school in their own clothes, party clothes or Christmas jumpers. I will be holding a little party to celebrate birthdays of children who have turned 8 during term 1 and 2. We will also have a fun Christmas morning on this same day before the children go home at 1:30.
Spellings for this week are main, mane, heel, heal, knot, not, mail, male, here, hear
Have a lovely weekend,
During the first part of the week, Class 3 became journalists! We looked at the main features of a newspaper article and then wrote our own based on our African predador visit last week. This had to be written in the past tense so we have been polishing up on our past tense verbs and have realised how tricky our own language can be. We have also written another narrative this week about a tiger in the jungle. We used a clip from WWF to inspire us and this has led us to the idea that we would like to adopt a tiger. We need to raise £20 as a class and the children have come up with some fantastic ideas. So watch this space! Today for our GPS we have been researching collective nouns. The children made a fantastic collage of a hippo using images of predators from National Geographic magazine. The collective noun for a group of hippo is a bloat but we discovered so many more which we have added to a display in the class room.
Column subtractions kings and queens! We can now 'swap/rename' through the tens and the hundreds. Today we had a real challenge of having to rename across the tens and into the hundreds with the sum 607 - 89. We will continue this on Monday but I will attach some practise that all children should be able to do with ease.
Spellings for Monday are: know, knew, knowing, knight, knocked
I hope you have a lovely weekend....I wonder if anyone will be putting up their Christmas tree? Or are you waiting for 1st December?!
Friday 13th marks the end of a super day and week in Class 3. It has been lovely to see the children dressed up in sports gear today. Obviously, we started the day by joining Joe Wicks in the last 20 minutes of his 24 hour challenge. We had so much fun!
In numeracy this week we have been working on subtraction and today we started column subtraction. I have attached some questions for you to look at with your child at home. Please note we have not yet started renaming (borrowing for my generation) and we will do this next week so there is no need for you to do this at home. Once again, please feel free to mark these yourself and you do not need to print the questions out. However, I always encourage the children to write their columns very neatly to make the process easier.
In Literacy, the children have written some excellent narratives this week which are on display as final copies in the classroom. I am so pleased with the way their writing is improving and all of the children managed to include similes and at least one expanded noun phrase, our GPS focus this week.
We have been very busy with our topic - a particular emphasis on birds of prey. Today, we had a visit via Zoom from Jasmine's dad who talked to us about African predators. Who knew that the collective noun for a group of giraffe is 'tower' ? We have also started making models of birds of prey - I am blown away by the Design & Technology skills in the class.
Spellings for Monday are: write, wrote, written, wrapping, wrapped
Have a lovely weekend.
Welcome back to Term 2. It has been lovely to welcome the children back in to class, all looking very rested after the half term break.
We have started our new topic Predator. This week we have been looking at the deadliest creatures on earth and discovered that the mosquito is the most dangerous creature to humans. We have been creating food chains, exploring the three food groups herbivores, omnivores and carnivores. With this, we found it hard to decide which group some animals belong to. However, by using the ipads, we researched different animals through National Geographic. I really recommend this website as the images are amazing and the facts too. Perhaps your child may enjoy exploring it further over the weekend. They could create a little fact file about a chosen animal if they would like to which they are welcome to bring to school when they finish. This could be handwritten or typed.
In Maths we have been column addition superstars! Following on from the year 2 programme of study where pupils were starting to rename (carry on for those in my generation!) we have been adding 3 digit numbers together using a column. Today, we began to rename and the children all did really well. They loved it so much that I have attached some extra work below that they could look at over the weekend. Please feel free to mark this yourselves but email me if you think your child has any issues with it. You don’t need to print it out if this doesn’t work for you but I hope you will enjoy watching your child doing their maths as it was such a pleasure for me to see.
In Literacy, we have been studying similes and the class have been creating some super versions of their own. To tie in with Remembrance, we watched the very moving clip ‘Poppies’ and have started to write a creative piece of writing about the rabbit in the poppy field. We will continue this next week.
Spellings for this week are:
I hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Friday 16th October
I would like to congratulate all the children for making it to the end of Term 1 in class 3. When I reflect back on the last six weeks, it feels as we have been together for months and months. I am so proud of how hard all the children have worked and they really do deserve a relaxing half term break.
Today has been a very special day in class as we have celebrated all the heroes in your families. The range has been phenomenal and everyone presented their story so beautifully. I was totally blown away as it really isn’t easy standing up in front of the class.
In other news, we have been looking at addition and subtraction in maths and number families. We also had fantastic fun reading and reciting poetry and next term we will start writing our own.
Thank you all for all
9th October 2020
A fabulous week in class which included our socially distanced Harvest Festival. Year 3 sang their hearts out and performed a brilliant dance to 'Have you heard the raindrops?' A proud teacher moment!
Thank you to all of you who joined me on Wednesday for parent consultations. I look forward to chatting with others next Wednesday.
In maths this week we have been counting in 4s and 8s but not just in times table fashion. Children have been completing number sequences such as 192, 196, ? ,204 and 300, ?, 284, 276. Challenging to say the least but they have all been doing so well. We have used a 100 square to really help us as well as hundreds, tens and ones counters.
This week, the children have been writing a creative narrative using their own superhero and villain. We have worked really hard on successful story openings and the importance of thinking about the ending. I am really looking forward to reading their finished stories over the weekend. We have also been finishing off our Publisher document all about Henry VIII.
In topic, we have been learning about Nelson Mandela which has been stirred lots of interesting discussion in class.
As next week is the last week of term, I will not be setting any new spelling learning. A reminder that the spelling test on Monday will be boxes, foxes, buses, glasses and dresses.
Have a lovely weekend
Friday 2nd October
Firstly, a big thank you to Sue Skinner who has kindly recorded readings of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and uploaded them to our class page. We thought your child may enjoy having a listen to another voice which isn’t mine! We are nearing the end of the book in class and the children have all been gripped by the story which I have really enjoyed reading to them.
It has been a busy week in the classroom with a noticeable change in climate. Thank you for sending your children in with their coats. Please note winter uniform is compulsory for all children from Monday 5th October.
In Maths we have been ordering 3 digit numbers, counting in 50s up to 1000 and looking at 1 more/ less 10 more/ less than a 3 digit number. The children have been using equipment in class to help them make really pleasing progress and visualise the change, especially when bridging the gap into a new hundreds number eg 10 more than 99 and 10 less than 405.
In Literacy we have been exploring verbs with plenty of action games to help! The children are working on expanding their vocabulary by using alternative verbs in their written work. We have started writing a fact file on King Henry Viii using Publisher on the laptops. Not only has this tested our computing skills, we have also included headings, subheadings and bullet points. If you have any non fiction books which include these, please do point them out to your child.
In topic work, we have been finishing off Henry VIII week. The children have been learning about chronological order, plotting dates on a time line. They have also researched Henry’s 6 wives and created a set of Top Trump cards which they enjoyed playing in class with friends. It was lovely to observe the children enjoy their time tucking into a range of books from the library, finding out many historical facts along the way.
The class has been busy getting ready for Harvest Festival which takes place next Wednesday. They have choreographed their own dance while singing....watch this space with details on how to watch the festival online.
A reminder that spellings for Monday’s test are: table, little, middle, apple, bottle
New spellings for next week are: foxes, boxes, buses, glasses, dresses (we will be doing lots of work on plural nouns)
Have a great weekend
It is already the end of Week 4 and it has been another busy week in class.
I was so proud that every child got all their spellings correct in the test this week. Very well done. In Literacy we have been learning how to respond fully to a question by including the question in their answer. We have also been looking at diary writing and the children wrote a diary entry by Florence Nightingale which they then published onto tea stained paper - both stunning and authentic.
In numeracy we have been continuing to build knowledge on using 3 digit numbers. This week we have been comparing 3 digit numbers and have learnt to look at the hundreds column to help us do this. Eg when comparing 667 and 525 the hundreds column is the only column that will help but when comparing 345 and 389 then we need to consider the tens column. We have been playing lots of games and completed Singapore Maths to help support this. We have also started to revisit 2s 5s and 10 times table but really trying to understand what they mean rather than just counting 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 etc.
Thank you for sending trainers in today. We went for a 15 minute jog between lessons. It would be wonderful if the children could have a pair of trainers with them in school every day if at all possible.
A reminder that the spelling test on Monday will be brain, faint, praise, afraid and straight
Next week the spellings will be table, middle, apple, little, bottle
Have a lovely weekend
Friday 18th September
It's the end of a busy but fantastic week in class.
Firstly, thank you to all those who could join the Curriculum Meeting on Wednesday. I am so sorry once again for the technical difficulties but I hope you found the meeting useful.
In Literacy this week we have been exploring character traits both positive and negative. The children have ben learning about first and third person and wrote a letter from Charlie Bucket to Willy Wonka in first person, to explain how excited he is about visiting the chocolate factory. We are still really enjoying reading the book in class and this resulted in a very exciting Roald Dahl day. I hope you all liked the Willy Wonka hats and Wonka bars! Today we have written up our Wonka bar science experiment - behind all fun there is learning! We have been discussing different states and how these can be reversed. This is exactly how we made the Wonka bars - changing state from solid to liquid and then back to a solid again.
In maths, we have continued with place value working with hundreds, tens and ones. We have been using the part, part, part whole model to help partition 3 digit numbers.
A reminder that children will be tested on Monday on the following spellings: they, grey, obey, disobey prey
Spellings for next week will be yet another 'ai' sound: straight, brain, faint, praise, afraid.
Have a lovely weekend
9th September 2020
We have reached the end of week 2 and the children have been fantastic despite quite a few bad colds in the class.
This week, we have been working through assessments in maths, reading and spelling. This will help me assess whether there are any gaps in their learning and plan my lessons accordingly. All the children have given their best effort and I am now looking forward to pressing on with some teaching and learning!
In maths, many of the children find it difficult when a number is missing from a different place in a number sentence eg: 3 + ? = 5 or ? + 2 = 5 This is the start of algebra! They have only been used to 3 + 2 = so we have been working on cracking Mrs Glover's codes this week and they have made great progress. This might be something you might like to practise at home.
We have continued to look at heroes and villains - this week's villain has been Creulla de Vil. The children wrote a formal letter to Cruella commanding that she stops being cruel to the dalmations. They certainly have some very strong opinions!
A reminder that on Monday, children will be tested on their spellings which are: eight, eighty, eighth, weight, neighbour
Next week's spellings will be: they, obey, disobey, grey, prey and they will be tested on Monday 20th September.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing those that can at our Curriculum Meeting via zoom on Wednesday at 1:30.
Welcome to Class 3
A very warm welcome to Class 3. It has been an absolute delight getting to know all your children this week. Everyone has returned to school in such a happy manner and there has been a really positive vibe all week in class. It is brilliant to have all the back on site. This week we have spent some time getting to know the new routines which children have picked up quickly.
In Literacy, we have started reading our new book Charlie and the Chocolate factory which has created lots of great discussion. We also read Michael Rosen's poem 'Chocolate Cake' which is hilarious. The children are enjoying writing with their pens - a big thank you to you all for sending them in so quickly. Next week, we will start introducing weekly spellings. We learn 5 spellings a week which we practise each day in class in a fun and interesting way. All the children should now have a reading book. If possible could this be sent to class each day. Thank you.
In maths we have been revisiting addition through Snakes and Ladders and today we started Singapore Maths counting in 100s to 1000.
Next week, we will be running assessments throughout the school so we really can gauge where each child is and where the gaps are.
Date for the diary- Wednesday 16th September at 1:30... a Zoom Curriculum meeting where I will talk through the Year 3 curriculum and my plans for the year ahead. If you are not able to join, I will email you the notes. Details with Zoom ID / password will be sent out by the office.
Obviously there is no homework of any such this weekend. Just relax and enjoy it!
I look forward to seeing all the children on Monday and don't forget, they can come to school on Tuesday in their PE kit and Forest School is on Tuesday afternoon.
Have a very happy weekend.